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Falcons Make Grand Entrance with ATF, Ex-Tundra Duo as Season Draws Near

Falcons Make Grand Entrance with ATF, Ex-Tundra Duo as Season Draws Near in Dota2

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Saudi-backed esports organization Falcons has swooped into the Dota 2 scene, acquiring two key players from the Tundra Esports core that won The International 2022. With the Dota competitive season’s return this week, the Falcons are beginning their journey on a high note.

Support Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu and top-ranked carry Oliver “skiter” Lepko head up a fascinating roster for the Falcons, who are expected to line up at the ESL One Kuala Lumpur open qualifiers on November 14. Joining the squad in the offlane is Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf, who spent TI 2023 watching from home after stints with OG, Nigma Galaxy, and a loan to Quest Esports.

The roster was properly announced on November 11, but keen-eyed Dota fans spotted the squad’s formation on FACEIT, signing up for the Kuala Lumpur qualifiers. While it wasn’t a 100 percent guarantee then, it was a clear indication Falcons had made their move after Tundra’s sudden breakup after TI 2023.

Alongside the Tundra duo and a revitalized ATF is Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen, who joins Falcons after departing Shopify Rebellion last week. The 27-year-old Dane spent the best part of a year with Shopify which included a top-four finish at the Lima Major. Assuming he sticks around for 2024, he’ll enter his 12th year of competitive Dota with Falcons.

Rounding out the roster is untested rookie Stanislav “Malr1ne” Potorak. The 19-year-old Russian first made waves with Creepwave before moving to Nemiga Gaming in 2022. With Malr1ne, Nemiga took out April’s Dota Pro Circuit Eastern European Division Two title but failed to make its mark in Division One in the following season.

With a strong team and high expectations, Falcons have undoubtedly made a grand entrance into the Dota 2 scene. Fans will be closely watching their performance as the season progresses and as the Falcons aim to make their mark on the competitive landscape.


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